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Builders Acquires Biddy Basketball Building

The Wichita Business Journal
June 6, 2011

WICHITA – Builders Inc. is looking for a new user for the former Salvation Army Biddy Basketball building near Harry and Oliver.

The company back in 1994 deeded the structure at 1410 S. Glendale to the Salvation Army for its youth basketball program. The Garvey family, which owns Builders, has a long history of assisting the Salvation Army. The agreement was that Builders would get the building back if the basketball program ever went away.

That happened earlier this year.

“It’s back in our portfolio now. We’re just looking for a good use for it,” says Brad Smisor, executive vice president with Builders Inc.

He says Builders already has an offer out to the Greater Wichita YMCA for that nonprofit group to use the building.

“Currently, we have made a pitch to the YMCA for them to use it, and they are considering it,” he says. “At this point, we’re kind of in a holding pattern to see what they come up with.”

Smisor says Builders’ proposal wouldn’t dictate how the YMCA would have to use the building – so it wouldn’t necessarily be for basketball. Again, Builders would want the rights to reacquire the building if ever the Y decided it didn’t want the building, which is across the street from Builders’ Parklane Shopping Center.

The reason for the philanthropy?

“We have a long-term relationship with the Y and the Salvation Army – the Garveys do,” Smisor says.

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